VENICE, Italy -- Washington women's soccer continued its tour of Italy with a trip to the beach in Rimini, followed by a day in the famously unique city of Venice. Both days gave the ladies a break from soccer to bond with teammates and immerse in the Italian culture.
The trip to Rimini was a short ride from San Marino as the beaches could be seen from the mountaintop hotel. The Italian vacation spot also had many signs in Russian as it is a popular tourist destination from that country as well.
Once in Rimini, the team went straight to the beach for some sun and to swim in the Adriatic Sea. The beaches were fairly crowded, but there were also plenty of places to wonder around for lunch and shopping.
After a relaxing day at the beach, the team headed to a restaurant for dinner and to watch the Italy and Brazil Confederations Cup match. The team was disappointed to find out there was no TV in the area reserved for them, but Roberto the bus driver made sure to fix that. He exited the upstairs and the next thing the team knew, he returned with two employees holding a TV for the ladies to watch the international match.
In the end, Brazil prevailed 4-2, but it was still a great experience to see the passion of the Italian people cheer for their home country.
The team returned to San Marino for the night, but was up early for the next adventure - a trip to Venice. The three-hour bus ride north along the East Coast of Italy ended by boarding a boat into the lagoon city.
Once in Venice, the team had time to do as they pleased, touring the historic sites, shopping and taking gondola rides through the canals. While the goal was to get lost in the city, everyone returned on time for the boat back out of town satisfied with the experience.
The Dawgs then traveled to the hotel for another great Italian dinner and an early bedtime with more sightseeing and the second of three matches on tap for Monday. The Dawgs will tour Verona, made famous by Romeo and Juliet, before taking on Media Calcio Femminile in a friendly.